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Likud maintains lead with nearly 40% of vote counted — reports

Israeli singer Maor Edri (R) speaks in the microphone as he stands next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C), his wife Sara (L), and Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (C-L) at the Likud party campaign headquarters in the coastal city of Tel Aviv early on March 3, 2020, after polls officially closed (Jack GUEZ / AFP)

Nearly 40 percent of votes — over 1.8 million — have now been tallied, Hebrew media reports. Likud retains wide lead over rival Blue and White.

Likud remains in the lead with 29% and Blue and White in second place with 23.2% of the vote.

It is followed by the [Arab] Joint List with over 12.2% of the national vote.

The ultra-Orthodox Shas party takes 8.9% and United Torah Judaism has 8.6%.

Yamina follows with 6% of the vote, while Labor-Gesher-Meretz takes 5.6% and Yisrael Beytenu received 5.4% of the vote.

The results will likely shift over the coming hours and does not include the votes of soldiers or diplomats stationed abroad.